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Genevieve Harris and Tek Lim.
Access groundwater data
system with online speed
A NEW service allowiing growers
with groundwater to access data
is now available online.
Groundwater Data contains up-
to-date information about all
wells in our state - depth, water
levels, salinity and water quality.
It displays all data held by the
Department, from the time of well
The system is about individual
well data. The annual
Groundwater Status Reports
discuss trends across regions.
How to use it
To open, click on the grey box
Groundwater Data on the right
hand side of the screen.
It is easiest to search for well
information by location, but you
can enter a unit number (ie your
water licence number), a parcel
number or coordinates. To search
by location without reference
• Click the Property tab, and
choose a suburb/town, or type
your street address, then click
• A number of map 'pins'
indicating the location of wells
in your area will appear on the
map. Zoom in to find the well
you want to know about
• Hover over the pin in the map
to see the unit number(s) of
the well. Use that number to
look up details in the table
below the map. If you can't
see all the information, adjust
the view to fit your screen by
clicking View on the Internet
toolbar menu at the top of your
screen, then zoom out
• The table displayed underneath
that screen shows summary
information about the well,
including the latest water level
and salinity readings, if they
• If you want to see more
detailed and historical data,
click the Detail button on the
left hand side of the table, for
the well you are interested in --
a new window will come up. In
this new window, under the
heading 'groundwater data',
you can chose salinity, water
level or other options.
For example, if you click on
salinity, it will bring up a page
with a chart showing the
available salinity readings since
the well was constructed. The
table underneath the graph gives
Still not sure how to make it
Call Jessica Frahn, District
Officer for Virginia on and she will
assist you find your wells and see
if there is any Department data
available about them.
Details: 08 8523 7725
WA granted wish
for fenthion use
By ASHLEY WALMSLEY
WESTERN Australian farmers have had a
categorical win in the fight to maintain the
fruit fly control chemical fenthion.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary
Medicines Authority has issued new
instructions restricting the use of fenthion
on certain food crops because of potential
short-term dietary risks.
Special allowances have been granted to
certain WA crops such as cherries, citrus
and persimmons, largely on the back of a
submission from WA growers through the
Hills Orchard Improvement Group.
HOIG spokesman Brett Del Simone said
'the West' understood what was at stake.
"The other option was industry
devastation, pretty much," Mr Del Simone
He said the use of fenthion was vastly
different in WA compared to eastern states,
with fewer applications as standard
The APVMA received more than 70
submissions to its 2012 Fenthion Residues
and Dietary Risk Assessment Report
released in September.
After the release, the Fruit Fly Action
group within the HOIG called on members to
write directly to Federal Agriculture Minister
Joe Ludwig in order to create a "public
Federal Shadow Minister for Agriculture
John Cobb praised the efforts of WA
growers, particularly the level of detail
provided in making their case.
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